dawn gettler

tread lightly my dear

be still my heart
2012, video installation at a pharmacy gallery in springfield, il
three stop motion videos projected on to whispering paper wall,
sewn paper, wooden armature, altered oscillating fans

The process of making is not permeable, it is not always conscious, and it is not always fluid from conception to execution. There is rhythm in the labor of making that is not often apparent in a completed work. A relationship is made between the viewer and the work, and rarely between the viewer and the maker.

In these photographs and videos I try to capture a record of my process; a moment that usually goes unseen and unrecorded. My installations are inevitably temporary and exist permanently through documentation. The action of making can manifest into many things; it can be ugly, painful, and unforgiving; and more often than not, it can be beautiful. In many ways I hope to create a more romantic and desirable memory for myself. In the beginning, this mode of documentation was solely done for my own personal desire and for the need to hold on to something tangible. The videos of deconstructing the work are void of challenges, fatigue, and exhaustion. This presents an idealized view of the many necessary steps to produce hundreds and thousands of multiples.

I want to extend a personal thank you to The Pharmacy for this opportunity and also the The Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, Illinois for the time and space to make work.

red stool projected under the house of cards
2012, video installation installed at a pharmacy gallery in springfield, il
video length: 2 minutes and 17 seconds
video projection onto the floor, audio, sewn paper coated in glycerin, wooden armature

we found ourselves here
2012, video installation installed at a pharmacy gallery in springfield, il
video length: 2 minutes and 34 seconds
stop motion video projection and a motor rotating a wooden platform covered in granulated sugar

below are the five deinstallation videos used in be still my heart

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